Sample speed dating questions
One agency had an “Au Pair Extraordinaire” category, and while the stipend was significantly higher (it no longer is, just moderately higher), the Au Pairs still come with significantly more child care experience.
I’ll be up front, now, the agency we use is Au Pair in America (which some have complained is too big, but it turns out we need that big pool of potential au pairs).
We like the idea of exposing our children to a second language, the greater flexibility, and are open to participating in cultural exchange. (Our first nanny lived with us for awhile, so we have a little experience with the live in aspect of things).
I’ve been scouring your blog for advice and have found it very helpful.
[YES] Also, it looks like the match system is important-although it is a little unclear to me on which system is best. [YES] Potential Host Mom has so many of the right questions that I’d like to offer her some answers to questions that we in this community might be have some scoop on: 1.
So we ended up switching to a big agency (CCAP)–more fees, less personal knowledge of APs, huge cluster.
Our first Au Pair had been a pediatric intensive care nurse in her native country, and was perfect to care for that toddler and infant (both of whom had medical issues when she arrived).
Subsequent au pairs have had training as teachers, child psychologists, and in children and recreation.
(We’ve also used Medicaid-subsidized nursing for one year – and while it was “free” the social and temporal costs were such that we would rather pay for childcare.) We give a pass to au pairs who are “special needs willing,” (they’re earnest and casting their net widely to give themselves the best chance at coming to the U.
S.) and only interview those with actual experience.